Inspirational Journal Challenge for Tracy/Helmar

Soooo, back at the beginning of May, Tracy Weinzapfel of Helmar USA threw down a challenge to join her in creating a personal Inspirational Journal. You can see the recorded Ustream video clip on her blog here along with further details: Tracy’s awesome blog. The challenge was from the beginning of May through the end of June, to complete this album. Well here it is with less than a week of June remaining and I finally finished my COVER. Yes, my cover. lol So, here we go…

I knew that I wanted to use this one perfect image off of the Webster’s Pages diecut paper from the Spring Market collection. I knew I was going to use this specific quote with this image from the first moment I saw the paper months ago, so when Tracy announced the Inspirational Journal project, well I already had an idea in mind…but how to make it look like I imagined? Not a clue. Here’s what I ended up with instead. This is a 2 part cover here’s the outside/cover of the entire album (the quote reads, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning to dance in the rain”:

When you lift the acrylic cover, this is the inside page/second part of the cover which actually illustrates the first part of the quote (the fussy cut image from the WP diecut is coated in iridescent medium, but you can’t see it in the pic):

So as you can see, it’s a bit backwards, but so am I…so I think that’s about right for me. 😉 If you’re thinking hmmm…that acrylic looks kinda hazy…you’re right! It’s not your eyes and it’s not me trying to get a photo on a castover day, it’s diluted acrylic paint that I coated on the backside of the cover to make it look like a hazy, rainy day. TFL!


Webster’s Pages Spring Market diecut
Winsor & Newton Iridescent Medium
Folk Art Acrylic paint
Strathmore watercolor paper
Kaisercraft large square acrylic album
Stazon ink
Stamp by Victorine Originals


Helmar 450 Quick Dry (make sure to test before use on acrylic)
Helmar Zapdots
Helmar Acid Free Glue


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jessica Shelton
    Jun 24, 2011 @ 23:42:32

    Doris, it is super fabulous. I love how the rainbow is hidden then appears on the next page. Very creative. This is a fabulous post and I am going to share it with a friend who just posted about rainy days and their importance in her life. It may bring a smile to her face!!!

    • dlwidder
      Jun 25, 2011 @ 00:13:49

      Awww! Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I really appreciate it! I hope she likes my project. 🙂

  2. Nicolle Kramer
    Jun 25, 2011 @ 11:46:57

    AMAZING! Love it, love it, love it!! Love the sentiment and the awesome paint work with the grass….cant wait to see all the pages!..:)

  3. Kelly Massman
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 10:43:29

    How fun!

  4. jaz lee
    Jun 29, 2011 @ 02:57:14

    Doris, this project is so evry cute! it’s like ont of my kids’ storybook! love the fun look of it and everything is just too cute! It’s like crayon colouring ;)TFS..


  5. Jean McNulty
    Jun 29, 2011 @ 15:15:06

    Beautiful page:)

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